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4

Olympus OM-D E-M5


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,150.00

The OM-D E-M5 is Olympus’s most highly specified four thirds camera to date, and its most attractive, but is its performance good enough to provide a lasting legacy?

The competition

Images: The Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Panasonic Lumix

The main competitor to an Olympus four thirds camera is a Panasonic four thirds camera – in this case, the Lumix DMC-G3, as it is closest in specification and style. Both have a 16-million-pixel output, built-in EVF and touchscreen functionality. The build quality and style of the OM-D E-M5 puts it a cut above the G3, although it is more expensive.

For those drawn to the retro styling of the E-M5, another similarly priced option is the Fujifilm X-Pro1, or even the Sony NEX-7. The X-Pro1 has a larger APS-C-sized imaging sensor, and as last week’s test of the X-Pro1 indicated in its resolved detail, it outperforms the E-M5 by some margin.

However, the X-Pro1 is part of a new system and there are not nearly as many lenses available to choose from – not without the use of future adapters anyway.

  • Video: 1080 HD at 30p, 720P at 30p, AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +1
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, manual, 2 custom modes
  • External mic: Yes (accessory port 2 only)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I
  • Built-in Flash: No. External unit supplied with GN 10m @ ISO 100 output
  • LCD: 3in, 610,000-dot touchscreen OLED
  • Viewfinder Type: Electronic, with 1.44-million-dots
  • Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
  • Field of View: 100% (with 1.15x magnification)
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • AF Points: 35-point system, touch focus, face and eye detection
  • Sensor: 16.1-million-effective-pixel Live MOS (17.3x13mm)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, bulb, iAuto, 24 scene modes, 11 art filters
  • Max Flash Sync: External flash X-sync 1/180sec and 1/4000sec (Super FP mode)
  • Weight: 425g (including battery and card)
  • Power: BLN-1 Rechargeable Li-Ion (330 shots)
  • File Format: JPEG, raw (ORF), JPEG + raw, AVI (motion JPEG)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec + bulb up to 30 minutes
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Up to 9fps, or 4.2fps with continuous AF
  • RRP: £1,149 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • ISO: 200-25,600
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual, tracking
  • DoF Preview: No (via test picture)
  • Dimensions: 121.0x89.6x41.9mm
  • Metering System: 324-zone multi-pattern TTL digital ESP, spot, centreweighted, highlight, shadow
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV

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